Sexsmith council mulls 2021 road work, may pave 106th St.

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Sexsmith council is considering its options for the 2021 street improvement program, with the town typically budgeting $600- to $800,000 for road work each year, said mayor Kate Potter.

During council’s regular meeting last week, Alan Gordey, Sexsmith’s public works superintendent, recommended paving 106th St. near the Westview residential subdivision.

“We’ve had residents coming in asking when they can see asphalt happening down there (on 106th St.),” Gordey told council.

“It is one we in public works have been wanting to do for a long time.”

The project is the most expensive of three proposed during last week’s meeting, at an estimated $1.4 million, he said.

The first project submitted for council’s consideration was ditch upgrades on 99th Ave. from 93rd St. to 95th St., at an estimated $266,320.

However, Gordey gave his opinion that 106th St. is more important than the ditch upgrade.

While the 99th Ave. project is a stormwater upgrade, Potter said the project can be delayed because there is no danger of related flooding to adjacent properties.

The town is working to complete its stormwater master plan for flood resiliency next year, and that project takes priority over the 99th Ave. ditch upgrade, she said.

Sexsmith has a debenture for up to $1.5 million to implement the master plan, which has also received $1.4 million in federal funding and $1.1 million from the province.

The third project Gordey submitted for council’s consideration was the extension of 101st Ave. East at an estimated $18,016.

Potter told the News that according to Gordey, Sexsmith’s roads are generally in good condition. This means a potential opportunity for council to start looking at 106th St., she said.

Given the significant cost, Potter said council will need to determine if there are no other pressing needs and is seeking more information from administration before making a decision.

Council may discuss the matter again during its next council meeting, scheduled for Nov. 2, she said.

According to ISL, the paving on 106th St. would run between 93rd and 95th avenues at a cost of $1.04 million, with additional costs of $67,791 for engineering and $260,735 for contingency.

Major expenses including supplying and installing the granular base course ($344,400), waste excavation ($70,300) and installing culverts ($57,500).

According to information administration supplied to council, it’s possible to have the contractor provide interim financing so the town’s costs could be split between 2021 and 2022.

Potter said council began considering street improvements this month so surveying and engineering can be completed before projects are selected in January.

That way, tenders can be issued in time for the construction season, she said.

Council often draws on its capital planning to determine which streets need work and when that work is expected to be due, she said.

ISL Engineering was recently awarded the contract for the town’s street work, Potter said.

The town re-tendered its engineering contract, with ISL Engineering winning the contract; Beairsto & Associates Engineering had been doing the work for approximately five years previously, she said.

Rachel Wueschner, town chief administrative officer, said ISL is paid a percentage of the town’s budget for street improvements and the percentage is undisclosed.

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News